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Ralph Nader to Open
The Forum at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Aug. 8, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Public advocate Ralph Nader will open the 61st season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Returning to lecture series for the third time, he will begin his presentation, "World Trade, Globalization and You: Bigger is Not Better," at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
Ralph Nader defines himself as a "full-time citizen, the most important office in America for anyone to achieve." A symbol of the difference one person can make, he has devoted his life to giving people the tools they need to defend themselves against corporate negligence and government indifference. He was instrumental in the passage of such landmark laws as the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Freedom of Information Act and has founded dozens of public interest groups that expose and remedy the dangers that threaten a free and safe society. In "Crashing the Party" (2002), Nader gives an insider's account of his 2000 campaign for the U.S. presidency.
The program is cosponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
All Forum events begin at 7:30 p.m. A typical program includes a 60-minute lecture, a 30-minute question-and-answer session, and an open reception. Descriptions of the season's other presentations follow:
Seymour Hersh, "Foreign Policy in an Election Year"; Tuesday, Oct. 22, Zorn Arena. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, "for his exclusive disclosure of the Vietnam War tragedy at the hamlet of My Lai." Recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for "The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House" (1983) as well as four George Polk Awards for national and investigative reporting, Hersh frequently writes for The New Yorker magazine's "Annals of National Security" department. His in-depth reports - most recently on the failure of U.S. intelligence and American policy toward Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan - address the core problems of ideology and personal intrigue that drive so much of U.S. foreign policy.
Ken Silverstein, "Making a Killing: The Corporatization of War"; Wednesday, Nov. 20, Zorn Arena. Recognized by the American Journalism Review as one of 20 "Unsung Heroes" of Washington journalism, Ken Silverstein writes regularly for Harper's and The Nation, and was recently named Washington editor of Mother Jones magazine. He previously worked for the Associated Press in Latin America, and several of his articles for publications such as The American Prospect, Salon and Slate have been nominated for national awards. His most recent book, "Private Warriors" (2000), looks at the privatization of national security during the past decade.
John Hildebrand, "Chasing Stories: A Narrative View of Life"; Thursday, Dec. 5, Schofield Auditorium. John Hildebrand is a nonfiction writer who explores the connections between people and landscape. The author of "Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon" (1988), and "Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family" (1995), Hildebrand joined the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of English in 1977 and is the third recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship. This program marks the return of the Provost's Lecture to The Forum.
Judy Richardson, "Eyes on the Prize: The Civil Rights Movement and its Relevance to Modern America"; Monday, Feb, 24, Zorn Arena. A producer of PBS's "Eyes on the Prize" series and the documentary "Malcolm X: Make It Plain," Judy Richardson brings a lifetime of dedication to the continuing struggle for civil rights in America. As a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee she spent much of the 1960s campaigning for voting rights throughout the South. In 1965 she managed Julian Bond's successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives. Richardson has since applied her experience and talents in the world of creative arts, crafting films that are invaluable teaching tools for those interested in the civil rights movement.
Candice DeLong, "Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI"; Wednesday, March 26, Zorn Arena. A 20-year veteran of the FBI, Candice DeLong worked on some of the toughest high-stakes criminal investigations of our time. She tailed terrorists, helped track the notorious Tylenol killer, and was one of three agents hand picked to mastermind the Montana hunt for the Unabomber. DeLong was the FBI's head field profiler in San Francisco, spearheading investigations into serial murders and sex crimes and serving as liaison to the bureau's world-famous Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico. As a member of the former Child Abduction Task Force, she lectured widely as an FBI spokesperson on such issues as protecting women and children and preventing child abuse. Now a consultant for MSNBC, she will discuss the drama and danger on the front lines of law enforcement, the art and science of criminal profiling and the challenge of maintaining courage, humor and grace under fire.
Season subscription information is available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Tickets for individual Forum events are $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Window sales begin Monday, Aug. 12.
Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities and Programs office.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 8, 2002